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Valencia and Valentine

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  6,969 ratings  ·  725 reviews
For readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, debut author Suzy Krause delivers a quirky, colorful story about love, loss, second chances, and what it means to truly live.

Valencia, a timid debt collector with crippling OCD, is afraid of many things, but the two that scare her most are flying and turning thirty-five. To confront those fears, Valencia’s therapist sugge
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published June 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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j e w e l s
Jun 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-bejeweled

PUHLEEZE. Just because you have a "quirky" character with OCD issues, you don't have to declare your novel the next Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine!! This is a wannabe and falls way short of Eleanor. That book had such a heartwarming feel to it whereas Valencia and Valentine has a pronounced sad and depressing tone.

This novel is a structural mess and totally confusing to the reader. You will eventually understand what the writer is trying to do (create a gotcha reveal), but
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
𝗤𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗸. 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗺. 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁.

Suzy Krause’s debut is a quirky little gem. This is the story of Valencia, 35 A lonely debt collector who suffers from OCD. And Mrs. Valentine, 87 a lonely elderly lady who will talk to anyone telemarketers, funeral organizers, the lady who cleans her house. As both of these ladies’ stories unfold you will wonder what could possibly tie these tales together? This is such a character driven story, so full of quirk, charm, and heart. This is another book that is compared to El
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, contemporary
There is a reason I don't read mental illness books. I got this as a Kindle First read and both the cover illustration and first 20 pages lured me into thinking this would be a cuter read than it was. Instead, I got an unreliable narrator who came off as deeply disturbed, more so than I think the writer aimed to convey. What could have been cute and romancy was a confusing ball of mess. I get the author's underlying message, but it didn't redeem the book for me.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quirky, charming read! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Valencia has obsessive-compulsive disorder. It controls her life. She is also a debt collector and frightened of her own shadow. She currently has two irrational fears consuming her every thought: turning thirty-five and flying.

Her therapist has given her assignments to address the fears. First, she needs to fly somewhere before her next birthday.

At the same time, Valencia is falling for a man from New York she has not yet met, so that may be her destinati
DJ Sakata
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Quotes:

She’s not dying, technically, but she’s old enough that if she keeps living, it’ll start surprising people. She’s eighty-seven years old—but she’s a young eighty-seven. She’s more like an eighty-six.

Everyone has ulterior motives. When an evil person has ulterior motives, it’s called scheming. When a good person has ulterior motives, it’s called planning. Mrs. Valentine is planning.

When I was your age, Anna, I always said I’d do everything later. I can’t tell you what an odd day t
Suzy Krause
Jul 21, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-very-own
Dear Reader,

Thanks so much for picking this book up. It's my very first; I wrote it in 2015, as a new mom in the midst of a lot of sleepless nights (yes, that might explain why it's—I'll borrow the most commonly-used word from the reviews below—'weird'). It was inspired by the song "Heart" by Stars (one of my favorite bands), and by the time I spent working as debt collector in a call centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

I know V&V looks, at first glance, like a light, funny read—and in tone, it i
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
I'm speechless. I know this story will be predictable for many (and I did predict some of the events) but after reading this, I'm left in awe and I'm feeling all of the feels.

Before I get into this review, I do want to mention that this novel heavily focuses on a character with OCD and in accompaniment the anxiety and depression that often follows with that diagnosis. Although I don't personally have OCD and therefore can't attest to the representation, I do have some medical and experiential k
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Yna the Mood Reader
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
“But I guess if being scared of something stopped you from doing it, you’d miss out on everything.”
📖 Buy This Book: Amazon 📖

📚 Series:   No.
📚 Genre: Fiction.
📚 POV:  Third person, alternating.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.

⚠ Content Warnings:  Discussions of OCD, Anxiety, Depression. Being buried deep in thoughts of someone with OCD, can be triggering.
⚠ Read if: you are looking for something quirky with a nice writing style.

I unfortunately have read unsatisfied reviews on this novel from GR
Tracy Fleming-Swehla
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
“For readers of Eleanor Oliphant” was very misleading. I wish people would stop using other books as carrots to get readers to pick up a book. Or maybe I just need to stop being so easily led.

I just really did not like this story, and yet I couldn’t stop reading it – kind of like when a car wreck is going to happen, and you hope and hope it won’t happen and you can’t look away in hopes the wreck won’t happen, but it happens anyway. I prefer stories with at least some hope, but this one was just
Kerry Clair
I have very mixed feelings about this book. I almost put it down a hundred times, but the author had piqued my interest about a few events that made me keep reading to find out what happened. But I really did NOT enjoy the book until my kindle told me I was 70% done. Then,the book became interesting and I enjoyed the rest of the read. But to take 3/4 of a book before it really grabs you, is just too long. It could also be extremely confusing as to the past and the present and what was real and w ...more
Valencia is a 35-year-old debt collector. Mrs. Valentine is an 87-year-old lonely widow. Both are somewhat obsessed with death.

Valencia and Mrs. Valentine’s stories are told with alternating points of view. Valencia is stuck in a job she doesn’t love, has no friends, and struggles with her crippling fears and OCD. She wants to change her life, and starts to make strides in that direction. Along the way, she starts a romance with a man she talks with on the phone at work and she becomes friends w
Kathy Averbeck
The way this book started out, I was intrigued and loved it. About 1/3rd of the way in, I was getting tired of Valencia's mental health issues and the very weird story told by Mrs. Valentine which did not fit with the time line of her life at all (she is an old woman talking about her youth when she went to the airport and the employee typed into her computer--that is not how things were 60 years ago, so was this story supposed to be in the future?) Then the ending was just bizarre and unsatisfy ...more
Camille Maio
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an enjoyable debut! From the cover to the name to the description, I was excited to read this book and it didn't disappoint. Both Valencia and Mrs. Valentine were likable from the start in spite of - and actually because of - their quirks. Readers will devour this feel-good book and eagerly anticipate more from this author.
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
When I hit the 50% mark I had forumulated a theory on how Valencia and Mrs. Valentine’s lives may intersect; it was certainly an interesting back and forth ride after that to figure out if I was right or not.

This book is not a mystery, but there is certainly an element of it. As a reader you become a detective and reread sections and when you think you are right, something pops up to prove you may be wrong: I love reading books that keep me on my toes like this all the way to the end.

I will let
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a quirky, yet easy read. It started slow for me yet picked up and I was able to finish it rather quickly. However, it left me feeling a little unsettled, for lack of a better word. It’s an enjoyable read yet I never connected with the characters. I absolutely love quirky characters but I had a hard time with these. The writing is fine, the book is fine, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it was that stopped me from loving this. Others have loved this so I’m going to chalk it up to j ...more
Rachel Del Grosso
Wow. I truly loved this book. Krause has written characters you will fall in love with, root for, and laugh along with (and sometimes at). Valencia and Valentine is a truly impressive debut from an incredibly talented writer. I can't wait for what's next.

I've been trying to branch out in my Kindle First picks, not just going for the mystery/thriller offering. Although there is a bit of mystery here, it's hard to describe without spoiling it. Valencia has pretty serious mental health issues: severe OCD, fear of traveling, fear of aging.

There's a bit of a romantic subplot, but I never got any sense of him, just Valencia. Valencia is haunted by something that happened in high school, but I found that part of the story very confusing. Vale
Jennie Shaw
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OH MY HEART. What a glorious book! Very much in tune with Eleanor Oliphant, but remarkably different as well, I burned through this gem. So many feelings, a real mix of humour and heartbreak. Valencia's voice leapt off the page and the OCD elements felt all too real. By the end, I was legit weeping. Astounding debut!!

Big thanks to Lake Union for a complimentary finished review copy!
Calista Andrechek
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley, Suzy Krause and Lake Union Publishing for the free e-book in exchange for an honest review.

Valencia is a debt collector with intense OCD and is fearful of everything, mostly flying and turning 35. Her therapist suggests flying anywhere to deal with her fears before her birthday. She begins a telephone relationship with a man from New York and suddenly she has a destination in mind. But does this man actually exist? Mrs Valentine is an eccentric old woman desperate for any
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
If you want to read an adorable book about the quirkiest of characters,Valencia and Valentine is the book for you! I fell in love SO quickly with both of these so different ladies, connected in the most surprising of ways, and adored getting to know them immensely!

I must say first - that the book is blurbed for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine ... so I know THAT book is BELOVED by millions of readers, and many of you will be thrilled with this cute story! I personally am not included
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Insanely likeable characters, a tight and suspenseful plot, and a satisfying ending make this debut novel a home run for Krause.
Dawn Ferchak
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adorable, sad, funny, and very moving—it’s a love story and a mental health story and a story inside a story. Krause did a wonderful job; this is one hell of a first novel. Highly recommended.
Ruthy lavin
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book might be a bit confusing at times but it’s a literary triumph.
Loved it!
For fans of Eleanor Oliphant and Bridget Jones everywhere :)
Surbhi Das
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-arcs
ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion!

2.5 Stars!

Last year I read and loved Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and therefore when this book came across my radar, I was pretty sure I would enjoy reading this one as well, However, I was sorely dissapointed by Valencia and Valentine because of that particular comparison as this book is nothing like Eleanor and has a sad, dark and depressing undertone to it.

Honestly, I don't have a problem in reading sad books and this book d
Parts of this did not feel "true" to me. For example: Even though she was already exhibiting overt signs of OCD, the young Valencia was a popular, chatty, party-hopping "mean girl" in high school. I found that hard to believe. And she subsequently evolved into an isolated introvert who could not even look people in the eye, much less speak with them? That was quite a transformation. Yes, I understood part of the reason as given by the storyline, but it was still hard to believe.

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May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 I am skeptical of Kindle First books. I can't honestly remember if I have ever found one that I enjoyed. So, I approached this one with caution.

Honestly I was surprised by how quickly I read it. I enjoyed the author's style but I never connected with either of our two main characters, Valencia and Valentine. They were both too quirky, too tiresome, too... much.

I look forward to the author's future books.
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s rare that I get such an intense book hangover after finishing a book. I couldn’t put this one down and want to crawl into the story for awhile longer. Books about mental health issues are not my typical thing, but I was so completely engrossed in this story. Despite their eccentricities, the characters were charming and lovable. The writing was incredible. In the midst of a sad scene, I found myself chuckling from the pure charm of a turn of phrase. It was sad, it was sweet, I loved it.
Shannon (The Book Club Mom)
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This weekend I read Valencia and Valentine by Suzy Krause. Wow, you guys. This is such a unique story! I don’t think I’ve read anything like it before. I found it dark and heavy at times, but then adorable and heartwarming at others. There’s a strong focus on mental illness along with a touching love story. Oh, and a bit of mystery as well! If you’re in a reading slump or have read way too many thrillers in a row, I highly recommend you pick this one up. It’s definitely a refreshing reading expe ...more
A young woman working in a debt collector call center desiring to conquer her personal demons OCD-ing about flying and getting older and death and an older woman who is lonely and needing to share stories of her life with someone who will listen are seemingly on two separate paths. Or are they?

Valencia and Valentine got my attention when I spotted it as an Amazon First Read offering, but it wasn't until I saw that Janet Metzger was narrating the audio that I actually picked it up.

I read the blur
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Suzy is a Canadian writer and music lover. Writing a book has been on her to-do list since she was six-ish, so it's good that she did it. Valencia and Valentine is her first novel, inspired by her time working as a debt collector in Saskatoon (she received a lot of death threats that summer). It came out in June 2019, and a second is on its way for June 2020—please hold your horses; these things t ...more

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